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Dawood Ibrahim henchmen convicted

Dawood Ibrahim henchmen convicted in a courtroom shoot out case after 22 years, reports Mustafa Plumber.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 22:19 IST

There is an old saying that the law ultimately catches up with the criminal. On Monday, this proved true for deported gangster Anil Parab (44), a suspected Dawood Ibrahim henchman when a sessions court convicted him to life sentence in an attempt to murder case registered against him in 1984. Parab had shot an eye witness when he was about to depose before a magistrate in the Andheri Metropolitan court.

Incidentally, it was the courtroom of Sessions Judge Shrihari Davare which had twice been broken into last week by unknown persons. Judge Davare convicted Parab on the charge of attempting to murder Hansraj Shah while the latter was standing in the witness box inside the magistrate court.

This coincendally was the last of the 10 case registered against Parab at different police stations in the city of which four were of murder, of which one is of killing his wife. In the nine cases, he was acquitted on one ground of the other and an acquittal in this matter would have seen him a free man.

As the judgment was handed down an alert looking Parab informed the court in Marathi, "Me Dawood zaa manus nahin hai, toh ek aatiraki ahein, me nahin…Malaa teen mulgi ahete, judge saheb thodi leniency dakhwa. Machya doon mulenche aaj birthday aheye", (I am not a Dawood Ibrahim aide, he is a terrorist, I am not. I have three daughters, judge please show some leniency towards me, two of my daughters' birthday is today, please show leniency).

Judge Davare handed down the judgment, closing the chapter on this case that had gone on for 22 years. In between, Parab, who used to allegedly work earlier for the Kunchikuru gang operating in the suburbs, graduated to allegedly working for Dawood Ibrahim.

The trial in the case began last year in which the prosecution examined 10 witnesses who included mostly police officials and individual witnesses, according to the prosecution case on June 6, 1984, Parab clad in a rickshaw driver's getup had opened fire inside the 22nd magistrate court of R D Vadh on Shah in which he survived and in retaliation police sub inspector attached to the Bhandup police station Abdul Sheikh also opened fired on him. Four persons including Parab and police officials were injured and rushed to the Cooper hospital.

The police also stated that Shah was a prime witness in the murder case of his brother Nanji Shah who was murdered by gangster Ashok Joshi in 1983 at Kanjur Marg and a case was registered at Saki Naka police station. Six days before the court shoot out Parab had alongwith another gangster Shekhar Shetty had meet Joshi at the Thane central prison where Parab was promised of Rs 25,000 and a shop premises if he was able to eliminate Shah.

Parab was deported along with Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal kakskar from Dubai on April 21, 2003 and since then he is lodged at the Thane central prison. There were a total of 10 case registered against Parab at different police stations in the city of which four were of murder, of which one is of killing his wife. One case was under TADA of opening fire inside Dagdi chawl in which he was acquitted because one of the witnesses NCP MLA Sachin Ahir turned hostile in court. The shoot out case was the last one left against him, if would have been acquitted he would have been scott free.   

Author email: mustafa.yusuf.plumber@hindustantimes.com